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adapt (something) for (something)

To change or adjust something for a new or different purpose. I heard that the studio is adapting that book for a movie. Have they adapted the building for wheelchair accessibility?
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adapt (something) from (something)

To create one thing from another. The film was adapted from a famous novel.
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adapt (something) to (something)

1. To become familiar or comfortable with something. When used in this way, the phrase does not take a noun or pronoun between "adapt" and "to." When Fran moved to China, she struggled to adapt to her new surroundings.
2. To modify or adjust something to fit or work properly with something else. Brian had to buy special cables so that he could adapt his old VCR his new TV.
See also: adapt, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

adapt someone or something

to something to cause someone or something to change, adjust to, or get used to something else. Can't you adapt yourself to my way of doing things?

adapt something for something

to change or alter something for use with something else. Has this furnace been adapted for natural gas?
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adapt something from something

to derive something from something else; to create by modifying something else. I adapted my new musical from a novel.
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adapt something to something

to convert something to fit or work with something else. We converted our furnace to natural gas.
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adapt to something

to adapt or get used to someone or something. Please try to adapt to our routine.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

adapt to

1. To alter something so that it is better suited to something else: The immigrants adapted their recipes to the ingredients that were available in their new country.
2. To change in order to be better suited to something: At first, I didn't like the new school, but I quickly adapted to the way things were done there and was soon very happy.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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* Plug-ins licensed by their developers: Anyone can build a plug-in for ADAPT, and developers are free to license their plug-ins based on their business needs.
Caption: CALL TO ACTION: Protesters from ADAPT block the sidewalk near the White House in Washington, DC., organizing to ensure that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions.
Founded in 1997, Adapt was established with the goal of unifying traditional telephony with omni-channel communications for contact center clients.
However, adaptive operators modified the fuzzy partition in way that the order of the fuzzy sets was affected, resulting in reduced interpretability of the adapted fuzzy partition [8].
And although they could have adapted over time, they most likely would have died out first.
Adapt specializes in Microsoft SharePoint and offers products & services for SharePoint and Office365 customers.
The tolerance strategies of adapted lines were not confined to the same type of stress but showed cross tolerance towards other abiotic stresses.
The change means veterans with service-connected ALS could now receive up to $67,555 to build or purchase a new home or to adapt an existing home to meet the adaptive needs of their disability.
A policy change in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now allows veterans with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to qualify for grants to help build, buy or adapt a home.
GE's Measurement & Control business has announced the launch of the Bently Nevada Adapt (Advanced Distributed Architecture Platform Technology) 3701.
The load stops work with any bay size and adapt to needed clearances.
ADAPT, WHY SUCCESS ALWAYS STARTS WITH FAILURE, by Tim Harford, is not this kind of book.
The daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler feels 'grateful' that her childhood was spent with different relatives because her mother Bebe Buell needed support as she has learned to 'adapt' to situations.
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns offers a fine survey of how to adapt a knitting pattern to personal desire.